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A Pedigree to Die For (Melanie Travis #1)

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Melanie' Travis's life is going to the dogs. With school out for the summer, a stint as a camp counselor falling through, and her sometime boyfriend dumping her for a Las Vegas chorus girl, the thirty-something Connecticut teacher and single mother figures that things can't get any worse.

She figures wrong...

Everyone knew that Melanie's Uncle Max had a weak heart. When Au
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Paperback, 286 pages
Published February 1st 1996 by Kensington (first published 1995)
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Kathryn
I don't know anything about dog breeding, aside from what video snatches of dog shows I happen to catch on Animal Planet as I'm flipping channels. I don't even own a dog (apartment rules, sigh), so when I picked up A Pedigree to Die For I had hoped for at least enough coherent explanations of the breeding and show process to help me understand what was happening in the story without detracting too much from the mystery.

I'm happy to say Laurien Berenson, in this debut installment of Melanie Trav
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Lis Carey
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, dogs, fiction
School's out for the summer, and single mother and teacher Melanie Travis is not enjoying the easy summer days.

Her boyfriend has dumped her for a chorus girl, her summer job as a camp counselor has fallen through, and her Uncle Max has died suddenly of a heart attack. All that would be bad enough.

But then her Aunt Peg, Max's wife, calls with the news that one of her and Max's prize poodles, Beau, has been stolen. She wants Melanie to help her convince her brother Frank to help track him down. Th
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Bam
**Big Library Read title** June 3-18, 2014: a cozy mystery with lots of info about show dogs and breeding that seemed fairly accurate to me from our years of showing dogs. I thought the plot was a bit too contrived though--I'm afraid I would have told the aunt to hire a private investigator to find her stolen dog. The twists at the end had me scratching my head, with the murderer being a character who was barely mentioned. I probably wouldn't have read this book if it hadn't been chosen for the ...more
Dharia Scarab

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
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Rachel Starnes
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There really are no words to describe how great this series is! If you are looking for a great series to get in to these are absolutely perfect! They are gold from start to finish! Every book in this series so far has grabbed my attention and kept it. Characters are well written and there is enough twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat through out the whole book. I have spent many nights up until 4 a.m. just so I could find out what happened in the end! Definitely my number 1 boo ...more
Anastasia
A Pedigree to Die for by Laurien Berenson is the first book in the Melanie Travis mystery series. When Melanie's Uncle Max dies suddenly of a heart attack at the same time as his prize poodle Beau goes missing, Melanie and her aunt investigate. Along with Melanie you learn a lot about the dog show circuit. An enjoyable book with a strong and very capable main character, who is willing to tackle anything and manages to juggle sleuthing with single motherhood.
Jane
Jul 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series, animals
I read A Pedigree to Die For because it was Overdrive's Big Library Read title in June 2014. For two weeks, it was available for checkout and download from our library's ebook service for as many people who wanted to borrow it. I appreciate the author and her publisher making it available.

This is a straightforward, quick read. It passed the time quickly for me on a travel day involving waiting at airports and sitting on planes. I'm not especially a fan of mystery series involving dogs, so that n
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Rebecca
Jul 29, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I found this series from my Romantic Times Book Review mag. I've not been a fan of animal based mysteries although I know they are quite popular. So I figured, dog oriented I'd give it a try. It was ok. Not something I'll be hanqering to buy but cute. My only real complaint is that it was more a description of the dog show industry rather than a murder mystery. The author pulled a "Clancy" and I feel spent too much time explaining the "dog show" world, full of more egocentric and elitist ind ...more
Emily Cullen
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Aunt Peg's husband dies and her prized poodle goes missing at the same time, she enlists her niece, single mom teacher Melanie Travis's help in figuring out how the two connect. This is the first book in the Melanie Travis mystery series and I think I plan on going though the whole series. The characters are likable and engaging and the mystery held my interest. Only one warning: this series goes into detail about poodles and dog shows, so if you are not a dog lover you may want to skip it.
Joy
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This isn't actually a review. I'm a women of few words but the few I utter are inspirational. This is a Great book especially for dog lovers, amateur sleuths, moms everywhere not to mention those who enjoy learning about new things while reading novel novels.
Judith
My library bookclub set this for our June read as part of the Big Library Read. It was okay although not the kind of mystery that I'm used to reading. It was an easy read but I don't think I'll be reading any of her other books. I'm not much of a dog person.....
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I read this book because it was the Big Library Read selection for 2014. It was an easy read, and I did enjoy it, but there was not much substance. I probably will not read the rest of the series, at least not right now, but for a summer read, it was okay.
Cat
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute series - this cozy mystery has funny moments, and I love reading about the dog show business.
Jmlwallis
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was cute. I learned a lot about poodles. I like the way it is written.
Pam Kellim
Fun read
Lindsey
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Pedigree to Die For is clever, well-researched, fun, and funny. The biggest compliment I can pay to any genre novel is that the author can overcome tired genre tropes and clichés to construct a plot and people worth engaging with, and Laurien Berenson earns that praise. The genre style devices Berenson does use are cleverly placed and make Pedigree an excellent example of the light-hearted mystery novel. Berenson's research was thorough and it shows in the narrrative - the setting is richly de ...more
Beth
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun read for fans of mysteries and dogs!

As a lover of both dogs and mysteries, I loved this book from beginning to end. The details about dog shows were interesting, and not so much that they overwhelmed the book. The characters were all likeable, and I found myself relating to Melanie a lot (I'm also a single mom of a son). I can't wait to read the next one!
Irene
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a light and breezy who done it reminiscent of Nancy Drew books. While trying to figure out what's up you'll learn some fun information about dog shows and dog breeding that you didn't know you were curious about. Then it ends. I'm not sure the ending makes sense, but it's a fun read.
Dena
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love these books so I am starting at the beginning! I had a little bit of a hard time keeping track of the suspects this time but in the end my brain caught up with the story! love getting to know Melanie, Aunt Peg, and Sam from the start of things!
Kathy
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an ok book. Cozy mystery. Nothing great about it except just light entertainment. Doubt I'll read anymore in the series,
Debbie Williams
3.5 stars
Lena Harper
A very respectable series debut. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Garrison Kelly
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Melanie Travis is a single mother who tries to balance getting her life back in order with solving the murder of her uncle Max Turnbull. The Turnbulls made their living by breeding poodles and showing them off at dog competitions. Their most prized stud, Beau, is missing from his kennel after Max’s aggravated heart attack. With her firebrand Aunt Peg coaching her along the way, Melanie shows up at the dog contests looking for evidence as to who might be in possession of the kidnapped Beau. She s ...more
Suzi
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great dog mystery!

Loved this new-to-me series of lots of dogs, who I loved, great characters, and a not so simple plot. I definitely want to read more! Thank you Ms Berenson!
Dyana
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a cat person, but this was a nice cozy mystery involving poodles. It has engaging characters and is well written. Melanie is an honorable heroine and a likeable character.

Melanie Travis of Stamford, Connecticut is a single mom of five-year old Davey and a special education teacher. She's out of school for the summer and her summer job as a counselor at a camp for handicapped children has been axed due to lack of funding. Her boyfriend, Bradley, has sent her a postcard from Las Vegas where h
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 Gigi Ann
Melanie' Travis's life is going to the dogs. With school out for the summer, a stint as a camp counselor falling through, and her sometime boyfriend dumping her for a Las Vegas chorus girl, the thirty-something Connecticut teacher and single mother figures that things can't get any worse.

She figures wrong...

Everyone knew that Melanie's Uncle Max had a weak heart. When Aunt Peg finds him dead on the cold floor of their championship kennel, surrounded by eleven whining, prize-winning Standard pood
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Courtnie
Jun 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, mystery, 2014
Big Library Read 2014

The first half was difficult to get through, in fact I'm not sure why I held on. None of the characters are particularly endearing. Melanie is a pretty passive character and somewhat bland, but she does come around in the end.(view spoiler) There is a very large amount of info dumping around dog breeding and dog shows. Some of it ended up being
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Stanley McShane
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not over-joyed about the cover, but anything "dog" catches my interest. Not really a poodle person either, but fortunately you don't have to be to enjoy this little romp into the characters behind the dogs in the dog shows that most would not watch unless they had a vested interest. Ms. Berenson seems to know her dogs pretty well as she weaves this tale (no pun intended) in and out of the explanation behind all the pomp and circumstances. It is Aunt Peg who breeds and raises champion standard bl ...more
Jennifer
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
What could be better on a Christmas weekend then a delightful, cozy mystery? Nothing, of course. “A Pedigree to Die For” was delightful from beginning to end. Melanie is a single mother with a very busy 4 year old son. As the story opens summer break is just starting and Melanie finds out that the summer teaching job she was counting on has fallen through. Then she gets the news that her Uncle Max was found dead, of an apparent heart attack, on the floor of the kennel where he and Aunt Peg raise ...more
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Laurien Berenson is the author of more than thirty novels that have sold two million copies worldwide. Her cozy mystery series revolves around the world of dog shows, a milieu she knows well as her family has been involved in the sport of dogs for three generations. There are currently twenty Melanie Travis canine mysteries, including the newest book in the series, MURDER AT THE PUPPY FEST.

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